A sample of our Spring 2020 courses

October 8, 2019

Find a complete list of all Spring 2020 courses on our Courses page.

Music of the Arab World (NES 1350)

3 credits. MW 2:55pm - 4:10pm

L. Tayeb

This course offers a survey of musical performance practices of the Arab world and its diasporas from the early twentieth century to the present. It investigates the sociopolitical conditions and entanglements of music (and, in a few instances, dance) across a range of localities and periods. Themes considered include colonialism and orientalism, nationalism and populism, minorities and indigeneity, gender, religion, revolution and political change, war and US imperialism, regional histories of enslavement.

Drinking through the Ages: Intoxicating Beverages in Near Eastern and World History (NES 2522)

3 credits. TR 11:40am - 12:55pm

C. Monroe

This course examines the production and exchange of wine, beer, coffee and tea, and the social and ideological dynamics involved in their consumption. We start in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and end with tea and coffee in the Arab and Ottoman worlds. Archaeological and textual evidence will be used throughout to show the centrality of drinking in daily, ritual and political life.

Of Saints, Poets, and Revolutionaries: Medieval and Modern Iran and Central Asia (NES 2722)

3 credits. MW 2:55pm - 4:10pm

S. Golestaneh

From the poet-kings of medieval Persia to the trading networks of the famed "Silk Road" to the wandering mystics of Herat to the constitutional revolution of Iran to the colonial and post-colonial occupations of contemporary Afghanistan, this course offers a broad cultural and political history of Iranian and Turkic Central Asia.  In addition, we will explore the highly complex intellectual, artistic, and architectural trends and "cross-cultural" exchanges that formed the backbone of many disparate Iranian-Turkic cultures. 

Race and Slavery, Old and Modern (NES 3691)

4 credits. TR 1:25pm - 2:40pm

P. Vaziri

Long before the inception of the Transatlantic slave trade, slave trading fueled the reproduction and expansion of early Islamic societies in Southwest Asia. This course engages the history of these trades from the early centuries of Islam up until their late abolitions in the 20th century. Reading across vast swathes of time and space, we ask how the study of slavery and so-called "racial formation" in the long durée poses epistemological problems for contemporary approaches to periodization in race studies specifically, and for the humanistic disciplines more broadly.

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